Bombers mum on pivot

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

As soon as the questions about Buck Pierce began, eyes started to dart and answers were nowhere to be found.

Who will your starting quarterback be on Saturday in Hamilton?

Will Pierce travel to Steeltown and dress even if he doesn’t start?

Is the sky blue?

Nothing. It was like interviewing a goodfella who wasn’t quite ready to rat anyone out.

“We’ll announce it when we have to,” LaPolice said.

The fact of the matter is backup Steven Jyles, who is 1-1 as Pierce’s replacement, took all the first-team reps on offence for the third straight day, meaning either he will start or the Bombers are doing a bang-up job of disguising who their starter will be.

Pierce was out on the grass at Rods Field on Thursday and chucked the pigskin around, but didn’t do much running on his sprained right knee.

“Buck’s doing well,” LaPolice said. “We had him moving around a little bit today, but with the rain we’re just unsure of the stability on the grass field, so we kind of kept him out of some stuff.”

In other words, since wet field conditions are a concern two days before the game, expect Jyles to get his third straight start for the Bombers (2-3) against the Tabbies (1-4).

MAKING MOVES: The Bombers will be making another half dozen or so roster changes for Saturday’s game at Ivor Wynne, but they also made four additions and deletions on Thursday.

The only newcomer was Canadian wide receiver Scott McHenry, who was plucked off Saskatchewan’s practice roster. McHenry, who was cut at the end of Bomber camp, was on the field Thursday at Rods Field and will dress on Saturday.

The club also did some roster cleansing, releasing three others. Defensive back Donald Brown Jr., defensive end Armond Willis and receiver David McKoy were all given their walking papers.

Brown Jr. will be on standby if he’s needed, while Willis was let go due to Dorian Smith’s return to the lineup this week. McKoy, who was brought in earlier in the week, wasn’t healthy enough to stick around due to knee trouble that just won’t go away.

Brown Jr. returned a few kicks this year and played a bit of dime back, but the Bombers like newcomer Dean Beasley a little more. Beasley was returning kicks on Thursday and could be in the lineup on Saturday.

“We really feel good things about Mr. Beasley,” LaPolice said.

RETURN INTRIGUE: Speaking of kick returns, with Markus Howell, Terence Jeffers-Harris and Donald Brown not in the lineup this week, Jovon Johnson is the only player who will dress this weekend who has made more than one return this season.

Johnson, normally just a punt returner, brought back a couple of kickoffs last Saturday in Calgary. LaPolice, who before the season started was reluctant to let the star cornerback return anything, said he likes using Johnson on kickoffs to provide a spark.

LaPolice also noted that if Beasley doesn’t dress, he has other players ready to return. It’s unclear who those players are.

LATE HITS: Rookie Bernard Hicks will start at strong-side linebacker in place of the released Ike Charlton … Former Ticat Chris Davis will take over for Jeffers-Harris in the receiving corps … Punter Mike Renaud will be back in the lineup this weekend after sitting out one game with a bruised knee … The Ticats cut punter Justin Palardy on Thursday and are expected to use newcomer Eric Wilbur against the Bombers.


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